KJI in the Media

Press Release: Follow-up with COVID-19 tracking in Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2020  –   In a press conference today, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly addressed concerns raised by Kansas Justice Institute regarding a recent report indicating that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was using a GPS program to track residents’ locations through their phones. This evening, KJI sent a follow-up letter … Continue reading Press Release: Follow-up with COVID-19 tracking in Kansas

Press Release: Demanding legal answers on Kansas COVID-19 tracking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2020 — Today, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment held a press conference announcing the use of a GPS program to track residents’ locations through their cell phones. Department head of KDHE, Dr. Lee Norman, announced at the press conference that such measures are necessary to track the measures … Continue reading Press Release: Demanding legal answers on Kansas COVID-19 tracking

Constitution can handle virus challenges

By Samuel G. MacRoberts Submitted to the Topeka Capital-Journal In these trying times, vigilance is paramount. That’s why public health officers began taking action. Their sole mission is to stop COVID-19′s spread. The point is to “flatten the curve.” The goal is laudable and necessary. Health officers are empowered to act and should act within … Continue reading Constitution can handle virus challenges

Raw milk producers may now advertise in Kansas

By Tim Carpenter Posted Jan 1, 2020 Raw milk producers may now advertise in Kansas Kansas dairy goat producers Coraleen and Mark Bunner from near Hays filed a lawsuit against the state for restrictions placed on farmers advertising raw milk products, and won. Kansas dairy goat farmers Coraleen and Mark Bunner’s lawsuit challenging a 50-year-old state law … Continue reading Raw milk producers may now advertise in Kansas

Raw milk causes sour feelings in Kansas as sales ban or warning label considered

BY JONATHAN SHORMAN FEBRUARY 17, 2020 Raw milk causes sour feelings in Kansas as sales ban or warning label considered   Got raw milk? The answer in Kansas is yes. But that could change. A fight over whether dairy producers should be allowed to sell milk straight from a cow — or goat — has … Continue reading Raw milk causes sour feelings in Kansas as sales ban or warning label considered

Senate panel examines bill imposing ban on Kansas raw milk sales

By Tim Carpenter Posted Feb 12, 2020 in the Topeka Capital-Journal Iola dairy farmer Steve Strickler grew up drinking raw milk from the family’s cows, but joined other Kansas Dairy Association members Wednesday urging adoption of a state law banning the sale of unpasteurized milk for human consumption. He told the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee … Continue reading Senate panel examines bill imposing ban on Kansas raw milk sales

Senate committee endorses raw milk labeling, ad reforms

Kansas legislators contemplate raw milk ban, warning labels February 23, 2020 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering blocking the sale of raw milk or requiring farmers to include warning labels on packaging after the state abandoned a law prohibiting farmers from advertising raw milk outside their farm. The state stopped enforcing the ban … Continue reading Senate committee endorses raw milk labeling, ad reforms

Bizarre law drives justified suit

Bizarre law drives justified suit Feb 18, 2020 Got raw milk? Kansas goat farmers Mark and Coraleen Bunner do, but bizarrely, they and every other producer have been prohibited by state law from advertising or even mentioning that fact anywhere but physically on their farms. That means no printed ads, no late-night television pitches, no … Continue reading Bizarre law drives justified suit

Kansas case was about free speech, not raw milk

By Sam MacRoberts The First Amendment doesn’t stop at a farmer’s gate. At least not anymore, thanks to Mark and Coraleen Bunner. The Bunners are hardworking, honest dairy farmers near Hays. They started their dairy nearly 25 years ago with just a single goat and expanded slowly over the years. The dairy farm was a … Continue reading Kansas case was about free speech, not raw milk

A bizarre Kansas law prohibited advertising raw Milk. So this farm couple fought back

By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board – November 11, 2019 05:00 AM via The Kansas City Star Got raw milk? Kansas goat farmers Mark and Coraleen Bunner do, but bizarrely, they and every other producer have been prohibited by state law from advertising or even mentioning that fact anywhere but physically on their farms. … Continue reading A bizarre Kansas law prohibited advertising raw Milk. So this farm couple fought back

Kansas Prohibition on Advertising of Raw Milk Ruled Unconstitutional!

By Alexia Kulwiec | November 11, 2019 via Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund – FarmToConsumer.org Until last week, Kansas raw milk farmers were permitted to produce raw milk and sell it directly from the farm but were prohibited from advertising it off-premises. According to the Raw Milk Advertising Ban, raw milk farmers were limited … Continue reading Kansas Prohibition on Advertising of Raw Milk Ruled Unconstitutional!

Free Speech: Right to Advertise Raw Milk

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has agreed that a Kansas statute sharply limiting such advertising violates the First Amendment. EUGENE VOLOKH |THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY | 11.7.2019 9:01 AM via Reason.com Kansas law allows “the sale of milk or milk products on the farm by the producer from the production of the dairy herd to the … Continue reading Free Speech: Right to Advertise Raw Milk

Judge declares unconstitutional Kansas’ limits on raw milk ads

By Tim Carpenter via CJonline.com the Topeka Capital Journal Goat farmers Coraleen and Mark Bunner’s lawsuit challenging a 50-year-old state law limiting advertising on sales of raw milk resulted Wednesday in a court order approved by the Kansas attorney general and the Kansas agriculture secretary conceding the statute to be unconstitutional. Shawnee County District Court … Continue reading Judge declares unconstitutional Kansas’ limits on raw milk ads

Asset forfeiture law needs reform in Kansas – The Wichita Eagle

By Samuel G. MacRoberts  July 06, 2019 12:00 AM Kansas has one of the worst asset forfeiture laws in the nation. The Kansas Legislature had the opportunity to fix the problems this session but didn’t. Asset forfeiture may sound innocuous enough but in practice it’s abusive and fundamentally unjust. It’s when the government seizes money … Continue reading Asset forfeiture law needs reform in Kansas – The Wichita Eagle

Kansas’ unjust forfeiture law amounts to policing for profit

BY SAMUEL G. MACROBERTS SPECIAL TO THE STAR MAY 21, 2019 08:32 PM, UPDATED MAY 22, 2019 11:17 AM Kansas has one of the worst forfeiture laws in the nation. Presumption of innocence. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Judged by a jury of your peers. These aren’t just catchphrases; they are the bedrock principles that form a … Continue reading Kansas’ unjust forfeiture law amounts to policing for profit

Kansas Justice Institute in the spotlight

Join host James Franko, vice president, and policy director of KPI, as he discusses why the launch of the new litigation center, Kansas Justice Institute, is big news for the constitutional rights of ALL Kansans. James interviews Sam MacRoberts, litigation director and general counsel of the Kansas Justice Institute.

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